Although the day was overcast with the occasional showers, it did not stop the first Bark for Life in Anoka County.
Approximately 86 dogs and their humans gathered in The Draw park in Ramsey April 21 to raise money for cancer research.
“We raised $8,304,” said organizer Kim Gust. “It far exceeded our goal.”
While the money raised is for the American Cancer Society, cancer affects dogs as well as humans, she said.
Like the Rely for Life, Bark for Life had its own cancer survivor recognition.
A white terrier named Deeds was the honoree this year.
During the event, top fund-raisers also got a bark out.
Dogue Spot, an Otsego dog training facility, both sponsored the event and raised $2,520.
Wendy Kinney of Rogers and her boxer Baron raised $1,500 in two weeks.
After the opening ceremony, the dogs took the lead and sniffed out the walking path around the park.
When dogs and their humans were not walking, they could watch the agility dogs at work.
Anoka County Sheriff Deputy Brian Collier and his dog Mesa demonstrated how Mesa sniffs out explosives.
Weather did shorten the event.
People began to leave when the rain started around 11:30 a.m., Gust said.
There were no dogs left to do the planned canine fashion show and the second recognition ceremony was canceled.
Sponsors that were not able to be recognized at the event because of the cancellations were Allina Health Care, Industrial Door Company, County Finical, South Lake Pediatrics, Target Corporation and Classic Acrylics.
“It was still a pretty good turn out given the weather,” Gust said.
Plans for next year’s Bark for Life are already underway.
It will April 20 and they are hoping to come back to The Draw, Gust said.
A kick off event will be held in September.
Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]